Dr. Bastidas is a lip specialist having trained in reconstructing difficult cleft lip deformities in children and adults. Applying his knowledge of the lip anatomy and structures he can rebuild and reconstruct any lip “deformity” whether due to cancer, trauma or birth defect.
The lip is composed of unique anatomic subunits, all of which must be taken into consideration for lip reconstruction. The philtrum is the skin above the lip, just underneath the nose. The cupids bow is the elevation of the lip at the base of the philtral column. The dry vermillion is the pink or lighter lip near the top which is clearly different then the wet vermillion inside the mouth. The orbicularis oris is the sphincter muscle of the mouth, assisting in closing the mouth. These are just some on the pertinent anatomy that must be reconstructed to achieve lip functional and aesthetic outcomes after lip reconstruction.
Large lips can be made smaller, small lips can be volumized, and missing elements can be reconstructed from local and regional tissues. Small deformities are often repaired in the office under local anesthesia, while larger defects may require general anesthesia.